A London man in his 60s has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of ‘gross neglect’ to eight year-old boxer dog.  

A man from Holborn in London has been hit with a life ban on keeping animals after his boxer dog was found severely emaciated and sick at his home.

Ben soon after being found.Eight year-old Ben was so thin his ribs, spine and pelvis were visible while his claws were so overgrown they were curling under the pads of his feet. He also had a very swollen bottom jaw.

Michael Evans, aged 60, from St Peters Court, Seaford Street in Holborn claimed to have taken the dog to the vets four months before but no record was found of that visit.

Ben weighed just over 27 kilos and had never been taken for walks. A vet found he had a cancerous tumour in his jaw, part of which was later surgically removed.

Mr Evans was sentenced at Highbury Corner magistrates court on January 28.

The judge said it was a case of ‘gross neglect’ that was so serious because there were a number of problems with the dog. He told Mr Evans that there were ‘no excuses’ for failing to get treatment for his dog.

Mr Evans was given a six month community work order, a curfew with tagging between 8pm and 6am and was banned from keeping animals for life.

Ben has found a new family, with experience of boxers, and is now getting the love and walks he desperately needed.

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